Our Home on Wheels
After enduring a mild winter in Wisconsin due to work, we decided that it was time to look for a new Home on Wheels. One of the big driving factors included the fact that our kids did not have a separate bedroom, so the search began.
This time April was looking for something with more a homey feel that would also make for better travel days. The slide on the Class A would divide up the family, that plus the engine noise would make it so that we couldn’t talk while running down the road. April was set on finding a Travel Trailer as she liked the look and feel on the inside better that what she was finding in 5th wheels. Derek wanted a 5th wheel for the extra towing stability.
During our search April came across a model of 5th wheel that she actually liked in our price range located in Arizona. After a bit more research we found the same model at a better price that was only 1 hour away from our current location. The downside was the interior colors. Our original thought was that if we liked how it felt we could the pursue the other listing in Arizona or try to track down one with a better color scheme. However once we stepped foot inside we knew this was our new home.
We ended up paying cash for a 2008 Keystone Cougar 289BHS. After having it delivered to our site, we were able to move our stuff over from the Class A and then put it on the market. After about a week on the market we were able to sell the Bounder. Next we had to find a truck that could pull our new home.
After a horrible day of truck shopping on a Friday that started out with being promised on Thursday night that they would hold a truck for us until we drove 3+ hrs to look at it on Friday morning. Then called Friday morning while we were on the road to be told that the truck was sold the night before.
We then drove from Chicago to Indiana and back to Milwaukee looking at a couple of trucks that were way overpriced, rusted out, and in poor running shape. When getting back home, we did a little more research and came up with 3-4 more options within a 3-8 hr drive from Milwaukee.
On Friday morning we called about the first truck on our list, in Peoria, IL about 3 hrs away. We were told that it was still available and typically they do not hold vehicles. After mentioning that we had Cash in Hand, we were told that if it couldn’t be held then it would be hidden behind the building until we got there… They were more than willing to hold it for us…
After driving 4 hrs through a Snow Storm, High Winds, Whiteout conditions, and then sun we arrived at the dealership. The truck we were interested in was parked out front waiting for us. When we pulled up, PJ (our son) said “Can we Afford that?”
We fell in love before the test drive, and things just got better. After the best and easiest purchasing experience we rented a uhaul dolly to tow our Escape back behind our new Truck.
The details are:
-2003 Ford F350 Dually Lariat Edition
-125,000 miles on a 6.0L Powerstroke Turbo Diesel with Banks Power upgrades
-All leather, Power Everything, Heated Seats
-Auxiliary Fuel Tank with Toolbox in the Bed to allow 1000 miles between fill-ups.
-Had previously been setup to haul a 5th wheel. We just needed to buy another Hitch.
May 2015 – March 2016
Our setup from May 2015 thru March 2016 consisted of a 1999 Fleetwood Bounder 34V. We came across a great deal on this Class A and wer able to pick it up debt free by trading our Hybrid plus some cash. April had always said she did not want anything longer that 30′ and she did not want a slide. We ended up with a 35′ with a slide. Other than some minor cosmetic changes we were very happy with our new home.
March 2015 – May 2015
Our setup from March 2015 thru May 2015 consisted of a 2003 22′ Trail-Lite Bantam Hybrid camper, being pulled by a 2012 Jeep Liberty. Having the Hybrid allowed us to get more living space in a trailer that could still be pulled safely by our Liberty. The Bantam had 1 slide, a queen size pop out in the front, and a full size pop out in the back.